By Dylan Housman
The state of New York is giving businesses an ultimatum: require masking or require proof of vaccination.
Democratic New York Gov. Kathy Hochul announced Friday she’s ordering all indoor public places in the state to either get proof of vaccination from staff and customers, or require them to wear a mask, the New York Post reported. The mandate will begin Monday, Dec. 13 and last until at least Jan. 15, at which point it could be extended.
BREAKING: Facing a winter surge in COVID-19 infections, New York Gov. Kathy Hochul announced that masks will be required in all indoor public places unless the businesses or venues implement a vaccine requirement. https://t.co/xwXjaTE5Rj
— The Associated Press (@AP) December 10, 2021
“I have to protect people but also the economy. I want to make sure that the little businesses that were hurt so hard during the pandemic in a shutdown — resulting in their loss of income, [and] the loss of income of all the people who work for them,” the governor said Friday. “We have to prevent that from happening.” (RELATED: All Known Cases Of Omicron Have Been Asymptomatic Or Mild, European CDC Says)